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Homeowners say cityhood not for them

NORCROSS - Cityhood apparently doesn't appeal to the Peachtree Corners community.

On Tuesday night a homeowners network in the white collar area nestled between the city of Norcross and the Chattahoochee River tallied votes from its member neighborhoods and the result was overwhelming.

Subdivisions representing 1,313 homes voted against incorporation, while one subdivision with 131 households said it wanted to further study making the southwest corner of Gwinnett County into a municipality.

The vote, which was held to gage interest the topic, ends any discussion about cityhood, said Pat Bruschini, president of the United Peachtree Corners Civic Association.

"We haven't had anybody come forward to UPCCA and say incorporation is a very good idea and we want to pursue it," said UPCCA board member Lynette Howard.

Dozens of residents attending the meeting at the Simpsonwood Conference and Retreat Center applauded and cheered after the vote total was announced.

Dan Meehan, president of the Peachtree Forest Homeowners Association, said the neighborhood voted to study incorporation because residents there thought they did not had enough information to decided one way or the other.

"We thought a feasibility study would be an appropriate step to take," Meehan said.

UPCCA initiated discussion on cityhood this summer after state legislators passed a law allowing new cities in close proximity to existing ones.

Previously, incorporation had not been an option for Peachtree Corners because the community of roughly 15,000 abuts the cities of Norcross and Berkeley Lake.

UPCCA officials said it initiated dialog on incorporation after the law passed because of past interest in making the community into a city, and not because of dissatisfaction with services provided by the county.

"We thought this was a good time to have a discussion on whether to pursue it," Howard said.

While no one actively embraced incorporation, some campaigned against it by passing out fliers, Bruschini said. Their opposition was based on not wanting another layer of government and the cost of studying the pros and cons of incorporation, she said. Such a study by the University of Georgia would cost about $135,000, the association was told by folks involved in incorporation efforts in Fulton County.

UPCCA is an umbrella group representing more than 20 subdivisions with 2,843 homes.